German Grand Prix Practice – Force India

FP1 objectives:
Evaluation of diffuser and aerodynamic developments on Adrian’s car
Assessment of development soft Pirelli tyre
Set-up work exploring ride height and camber settings

FP2 objectives:
Long run race simulation for tyres
Continued evaluation of aerodynamic developments

Adrian Sutil (VJM04/04)
FP1: P8     1.33.832      27 laps
FP2: P10    1.33.211     34 laps  

“I struggled with some understeer in the car today through both sessions so we worked hard on trying to resolve those issues. We played around with a few things, changed the ride heights and found some improvements. The morning programme focussed on running with our new floor and everything looks quite positive with that. The afternoon was more preparation work for the race and getting the usual data for the tyres with some longer runs.”

Paul Di Resta (VJM04/02)
FP1: Did not take part
FP2: P12     1:33.299      34 laps 

“It was my first time on the full Grand Prix circuit here at the Nurburging so part of today was about getting up to speed and confident on the track. From the start of the session the balance of the car felt quite stable, especially through the higher speed corners. We tried to improve the performance of the car in the low speed corners and worked on braking stability to avoid rear locking. Overall the car has been working well today and it gives us a good basis to build on overnight.”

Nico Hulkenberg (VJM04/02)
FP1: P9      1:33.858     26 laps
FP2: Did not take part

“I enjoyed the session and it was fun to drive the Nurburgring for the first time with a Formula One car. But it was a tricky start because I lost the KERS for my first run, which changed the car behaviour quite a bit. Fortunately we got the KERS back for the rest of my runs. One of the objectives of the day was doing a comparison of the new floor on Adrian’s car this morning while I ran with the older version. That gave us some useful data. Then I did my final run on the new soft development tyre, which felt pretty good.”

Dominic Harlow, Circuit Engineering Director
“It has been quite cold here today and we were fortunate to get away without any rain showers. The team worked very hard to deliver a broad programme, with the time both in and out of the sessions used very productively, which should be a good basis for our weekend. Although we haven’t been here for a couple of years, the car balance was quite understeery as usual and we have some work to do to adapt to the long cambered corners on this track. Overall it seems we are heading in the right direction.”